Mathematics and Astronomies of the Ancient Berbers

  • José Barrios García
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3934-5_8735-3

Introduction

Northwest Africa is an immense territory extending from the Mediterranean shores to the Niger River and from Libya to the Canary Islands. It is here where Berber culture began to develop about 10,000 years ago and where it has continued to develop until the present.

Despite the antiquity and widespread diffusion of Berber culture, North African studies have traditionally understated its contribution to human history. Camps ( 1980) aptly summarized the situation in the title of his book: Berbères: Aux Marges de lHistoire ( Berbers: On the Margins of History). Although the overall situation has improved in the last decades, thanks to the efforts of a new generation of scholars – one main outcome being the ongoing publication of the Encyclopédie Berbère, of which 36 volumes have already appeared – actual research on the mathematics and astronomies of the ancient Berbers remains scarce (Fig. 1).

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Canary Island Summer Solstice Winter Solstice Grand Canary Spanish Conquest 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dpto. de Análisis MatemáticoUniversidad de La LagunaLa Laguna, TenerifeSpain